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Day 3 (Preliminary Round)

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China and South Korea to fight for the title - Nov 25, 2010

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South Korea - Japan 55-51
South Korea made it into the Final of 2010 Asian Games. They toppled Japan in the semifinal battle tonight. Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. It was a tough defensive battle right from the start. The teams teamed up for only 8 points in the first five minutes of the encounter. Korea took the lead but not for too long. Japan went on a 12:3 run to establish a 14:9 lead at the first break. The teams stayed close in the second period. The lead changed hands before South Korea sealed the first half outcome at 27:26. South Korea dominated the boards and it eventually paid off. They went on a spurt late in the third quarter to pile up a 46:38 lead at the final intermission. Japan struggled to get within striking distance in the final minutes. They did so finally but South Korea did not panic and celebrated a historic victory at the end. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) delivered 12 points for South Korea. Lee Seung-Jun (186-G-88) netted 8 points and collected 8 rebounds in the victory. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) answered with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Japan. Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) notched 14 points in the losing effort.

China - Iran 68-65
Three-point loss once again cursed Iran. They lost by three points to Qatar in the semifinal of 2006 Asian Games. This year it happened again this time against China. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds but it did not prevent Veselin Matic team from falling short against the hosts. Iran led by three points midway through the final period but a late rally from China sealed the deal. Iran got to an impressive start. They executed perfectly defensively keeping China silent. Iran ensured a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. China woke up in the second period. Led by Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) the home team erased the deficit and pulled in charge. They eked out a narrow 29:28 lead at the interval. China maintained the lead throughout the tough intense third period. Neither side was able to dominate as China entered the final quarter up by only a single point 48:47. Iran stepped in front early in the fourth quarter and remained in the lead for some time. But it was China who made the final run for the win and snatched a difficult yet so important victory at the end. Wang ShiPeng delivered 20 points to lead China. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) replied with 14 points for Iran. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) finished with 12 points and 8 boards in the losing case.

5-8 place
Jordan - Qatar 52-60
Qatar overcame Jordan in the classification round of Asian Games. Matthew Skillman team will now take on Philippines for the fifth overall position at the tournament. Khalid Suliman Abdi (198-F/G-87) led the effort with 14 points. Jordan will face DPR Korea in the clash for the 7th place. Jordan looked aggressive in the opening frame. They spurred in front and recorded a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Qatar struck back early in the second period. They went on a 13:4 run to take the lead. Qatar arrived at halftime up by two points 33:31. Jordan regained control in the third frame. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) paced the team as they established a 44:42 advantage at the final intermission. Qatar showed character in the final period. Playing without their charismatic leader Yasseen Musa the team however returned into the contest and eked out a tough victory at the end. Daoud Musa (193-G-82), Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) and Souleymane Ndour scored 11 points each for Qatar. Saad Abdulrahman Ali (193-F-85) added 5 points and 5 boards in the winning effort. Nidal Alsharif (190-G-82) replied with 11 points for Jordan. Abdullah Abuqoura and Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) notched 10 points apiece in the loss.

Philippines - North Korea 96-69
Philippines scored a comfortable win over DPR Korea in the classification round of Asian Games. Rajko Toroman team will now try to finish their campaign on a high note when they take on Qatar for the fifth overall place tomorrow. DPR Korea will play versus Jordan. Philippines dominated this one. They erupted for 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Philippines unleashed an 18:7 run in the second term to arrive at halftime up by as many as 17 points 54:37. More to come in the third period as Philippines boosted the margin to 20 points and entered the fourth quarter leading by as many as 21 points 76:55. Philippines stayed comfortably in charge throughout the final period and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Greg Slaughter (211-C-88) and Mac Baracael (193-F/G-85) notched 18 points each for Philippines. Chris Lutz (191-G-85, college: Marshall) contributed 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) answered with 17 points for DPR Korea. Kwang Kye (180-G-84) chipped in 16 points in the loss.


S. Korea handily beats Mongolia for 2nd straight men's hoops win - 4 hours ago
Defending champion South Korea breezed past Mongolia 108-73 for its second straight victory in men's basketball at the Asian Games on Thursday. Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri), a U.S.-born player who acquired his South Korean citizenship in January this year, scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while only playing in the first half of the Group A game at GBK Basketball Hall. Forward Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) had 17 of his game-high 20 points in the opening quarter alone w...   [read more]
Philippines wins opener over Kazakhstan, 96-59 - 4 hours ago
THE Philippine Basketball Association-powered national team got its 18th Asian Games campaign to a good start on Thursday, defeating Kazakhstan, 96-59, in their preliminary Group D match at the Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia. Got off to a strong start, the Philippine team just built on it the rest of the way, with a balanced and aggressive attack, to hold off the Kazakhs en route to the win. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason), Stanley Pringle (184-PG...   [read more]

Taipei Chinese basketball team bounced back, beating Japan 71-65 - 1 day ago
In the preliminary round of the Asian Games basketball, Chinese Taipei bounced back and defeated Japan, 71-65, to claim an important victory in Group C. Chinese Taipei was the better side in terms of offensive and defense rebounds in the 1st half. Its accuracy of two-point shots was also slightly higher than Japan (47 percent to 44 percent). However, the Taiwanese did not manage to score a single three-pointer in the first 20 minutes, missing all seven of their attempts beyond the three-p...   [read more]

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Asian Games: South Korea earn title in Incheon
Asian Games Standings
Group A
 1. S.Korea 2-0 
 2. Thailand 1-0 
 3. Indonesia 0-1 
 4. Mongolia 0-2 
Group B
 1. Iran 0-0 
 2. Syria 0-0 
 3. United Ara. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Taiwan 1-0 
 2. Japan 1-1 
 3. Qatar 1-1 
 4. Hong Kong 0-1 
Group D
 1. Philippine. 1-0 
 2. China 0-0 
 3. Kazakhstan. 0-1 

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